Kids Movie Review: Despicable Me 3, the Goat and the Boat

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Dax stands by as Mikko finally gets the minion photo he earned. PHOTO BY CAROLYN RICHARDSON

“Is that the movie ‘fee-uh-ter’?” 3-year-old Dax asks as we approach the Tuck Room Tavern on Wilshire where iPic Theaters Westwood  is tucked right upstairs. “It’s a building, it’s not a movie place,” says Mirae. The sibling banter ended soon after as we approached the “Despicable Me 3” screening and Minion-themed breakfast party. There was a minion milling about, a photo booth with bananas, as well as actual breakfast. Kellogg’s Cereal, pancakes and fresh fruit was served. I was greeted by a radiant mom of three, Camila Alves, who politely turned my attention to the fruit smoothies provided by Yummy Spoonfuls, the NAPPA Award-winning frozen organic baby food business she runs with co-founder Agatha Achindu.

While I enjoyed some mom talk about how old her kids are (4, 7 and 9) I lost one of my three kids. Three-year-old Mikko was chasing the minion around while Dax was flirting with Alves, which garnered a nice hug and cute photo op. Mirae, my 5-year-old daughter, was posted up at the bar, drinking her smoothie and watching scenes from “Despicable Me 3” that were streaming on the screens above. While I tried to get my little runner back in his seat, Food Network star Duff Goldman posed in front of the Despicable Me-branded Bounty napkins and paper towels with minion cupcakes. As Mirae finished decorating her minion cupcake topper, Goldman came over to wipe the icing off of Mikko’s head while he ate a chocolate cupcake (how’d he get icing on his head?). Seconds later, he finally got a picture with a frowning minion.

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Mirae with her cupcake topper. PHOTO BY CAROLYN RICHARDSON

I had had enough running around by then, so it was up to the movie ‘fee-uh-ter.’ There was a mad dash for seats in the posh-but-small theater, as the colossal family created by Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott took up much of the first row, followed by my family of five on the second. We took our seats and the movie rolled.

Despicable Me 3 Review

Here’s the short blurb Universal Pictures shares about the plot of Despicable Me 3:

After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother—a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps—one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad.

I could tell you what I think of the movie, but my kids’ review is much funnier, and is cute to compare to what Universal Pictures describes above. As they sat in the car after the screening, I started my interview:

What happened in the movie?

Mikko: The man wanted the candy (this is a pink diamond in the movie) so he could play with his toys (these are dolls of the villain’s character).

Mirae: He didn’t have any friends, just a robot. That’s why he was sad. Because he was by himself and he didn’t have any parents either.

Dax: But all of the balloons were catching up that boat.

What did you like about the unicorn?

Mirae: It wasn’t a unicorn it was a (spoiler alert) goat.

Mikko: But it was a good goat.


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Dax getting a hug from Camila Alves near the Yummy Spoonfuls display, while Mirae(background) catches up on Despicable Me 3 scenes. PHOTO BY CAROLYN RICHARDSON

Dax: I think it was a unicorn.


What about the mom and the dad?

Mikko: They were nice. But the mom was mad because the dad went away.

Mirae: But he came back, he was trying to get his job back.

Dax: blank stare.

What did you like about the movie?

Mirae: I liked that the minion got out of jail and helped Gru.

Dax: Yeah and they killed that bad bad boy.

Mikko: Yes, they got him and they put him down.

Mirae: Yeah, but it’s just a story. It wasn’t real.

Mikko: I like the brothers.

The Takeaway

Go see the movie, because it’s cute, and it has some tender moments that parents will like. There was a lot going on in the plot and my lack of sleep took over at some point between Gru and his twin entering the villain’s fortress in the middle of the ocean and Hollywood being terrorized, and I still don’t think I missed too much. Don’t expect a clear-cut moral lesson to teach your kids because of all the jumping around in the story line. Instead, just laugh, point out the sweet moments their daughters, Margo, Edith and Agnes share when Gru and Lucy come home and figure out a way to make it applicable to something in real life your kids can relate to. Remember that what they get out of the movie will be entirely different than what actually happens on the screen. Or maybe that’s just my kids. Share your kids reaction to Despicable Me 3 with hashtag #DespicableMe3 and tag @LAParentMag on Twitter and Instagram. The movie hits theaters June 30 and you can purchase tickets here.

Catch the trailer below:

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